10 Reasons Why You Should Make Fitness Your New Year’s Resolution
We all know about certain benefits of exercising – above all, that it’s good for us. But this isn’t always enough to get us motivated into actually doing it. If you’re looking for a little inspiration to get started on your new year’s resolution then here are 10 reasons why exercise can improve your life.
1) More Energy
Although exercise in itself may be tiring, one of the major benefits of exercising is the fact that it’ll ultimately leave you feeling more energized. Studies have shown that regular exercise helps to reduce fatigue. It may seem odd or counter-intuitive, but if you have to wake up one earlier to workout before work – you will actually feel better and more energized throughout the day. In fact, we highly recommend working out early in the morning to realize the full benefits of your efforts. Read this article to learn more. You’ll never miss that hour of sleep. But, just in case, you can always watch less tv and go to bed earlier 🙂
2) Increase Your Mood
Every time you exercise your body will release endorphins that help to make you feel good. Exercise really will give you a natural high!
3) Improve Your Health
There are so many health benefits of losing weight that it’s impossible to list them all here! Did you know that 40% of all cancer diagnosed in 2014 was directly linked to being over-weight? True! In 2014, about 630,000 Americans were diagnosed with cancer associated with excess body weight. Based on a review of more than 1,000 studies, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has identified 13 such cancers: esophageal, colorectal, endometrial, gallbladder, stomach, kidney, liver, ovarian, pancreatic, thyroid and postmenopausal breast cancers, as well as meningioma and multiple myeloma. By getting fit you’ll reduce the risk of cancer, as well as diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and much more.
4) Improve Your Appearance
If being overweight or not being toned leaves you feeling unhappy about yourself then losing weight can help you to look and feel better.
5) Play With Your Kids
I have two children. And the first thing I realized as they grew older: It takes a lot of energy to keep up with your kids. By losing weight and getting fit, you’ll be able to run around with them without constantly getting out of breath. This can be one of the most rewarding benefits of exercising: it helps you to enjoy life more. Your children will appreciate the time you can spend playing and engaged in a physical activity like running, playing soccer or basketball. You’ll grow stronger relationships while feeling better about yourself.
6) Sleep Better
When you exercise more you’ll start to find it easier to get a good night’s rest. This adds to the energy boost that you’ll get from exercise in the long term. Remeber that first tip? If you end up getting to bed earlier, you’ll actually sleep better and feel more rested when you wake up an hour earlier.
7) Increase Your Strength and Stamina
Do you find it hard to go on long walks, even though you want to? Or maybe even carrying shopping bags up the stairs is a struggle? Exercise more and you’ll eventually be able to handle these activities with ease. As a matter of fact, you won’t think twice about taking the stairs rather than the elevator or parking on the other side of the parking lot and walking that extra 500 feet. You’ll get to the door and will be saying “More Please!”
8) Reduce Stress
Exercise can hugely reduce stress levels. If you regularly suffer from stress – or even mental health issues such as depression and anxiety – regular exercise can help to reduce your symptoms.
9) A Sense Of Achievement
When you start to exercise and see the improvements you’re making week on week, you’ll really get the feeling that you’ve achieved something worthwhile! Keep track of your workouts, the weights you lift, the miles you run or the hours per week you engage in exercise. Over time, you’ll be surprised and proud of the improvements you’ll make and the strength you’ll feel. Here’s our workout tracker to help your efforts:
10) Keep Your Independence Later In Life
The more you can exercise now, while you’re still able, the more you can reduce the impact of certain health problems later in life. In short, keeping fit and healthy will help you to keep your independence as late into life as possible.
So how much will you need to work out to feel these benefits of exercising? That all depends on your current fitness levels. The good news is that just 30 minutes of exercise a day is enough to improve your health drastically. So what are you waiting for?!